Papa Mali spent the past week in an Austin, TX recording studio working with his new band 7 Walkers. The project features a number of the singer’s recent collaborators—Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann, Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis and keyboardist Matt Hubbard—and a new set of lyrics written by Robert Hunter. The group took a break from recording Saturday to play an afternoon set at Austin’s Saxon Pub. The quartet performed its new collaboration with Hunter “New Orleans Crawl,” as well as Grateful Dead numbers like “Bertha”, “Wharf Rat” and “Mister Charlie”. Papa Mali will perform at New Orleans’ The Leaf on October 23.